About Our People

Innovation meets integrity

Together our team is building a new kind of technology, one that promises to drastically change how businesses comply, forever. It’s a groundbreaking new way to navigate the world of regulatory compliance more quickly, efficiently, and most important of all, reliably.

We’re a team of compliance officers, lawyers, data scientists, and technologists committed to helping businesses thrive by reducing the cost and complexity of regulatory compliance.

Leadership

Founder and President

Brian Clark

Brian has a wide breadth of regulatory compliance experience including derivatives exchanges, market investigations, clearinghouse compliance, and registered brokerage businesses. He earned an undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of Illinois, a Juris Doctor degree from DePaul University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is a former Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel, and is passionate about entrepreneurship. He is an Eagle Scout. In 2015 he co-founded Ascent RegTech. Ascent’s uses artificial intelligence to help customers digitalize and automate their regulatory risk and compliance programs.

Chief Executive Officer

Jon Leitner

Jon has worked for large companies as well as several startups where he helped grow and successfully sell some of those businesses. For most of his 28-year career he has managed and built sales and marketing organizations for companies including Interwoven, Fios and SpringCM. He has worked with boards of directors and early stage company CEOs to help them hone their go to market strategies. During his career, he has focused on accelerating revenue growth through efforts which included pioneering inside sales teams, partner relationships and thought leadership. He has led both direct and indirect sales channels. With a focus on creating customer intimacy while driving user adoption of those companies’ offerings. Jon holds a BS in Economics from the University of Rochester and lives in Massachusetts with his wife and four children.

Chief Architect

Chris Doyle

Chris has spent more than a decade in software development and management in both startups and large companies. His work at Ascent is a natural extension of his experience creating workflow tools, gracefully combining human and machine operations, and building beautiful, intuitive, user-oriented experiences. He earned a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Olin College.

VP Data Science

Spencer Allee

Spencer specializes in building and leading data science and data engineering teams with a focus on enabling people to feel excited about their work, make an impact, and grow their careers. At PwC’s Analytics Advisory practice he started and led the AI Accelerator, a machine learning-focused innovation team. At Tribune Publishing he served as the VP of AI and Data Solutions, focused on developing new products using the Tribune’s unique data assets. He holds a BA in Economics from Yale University.

VP Finance

Dan McKelvey

Dan is a seasoned finance leader with over a decade of international work experience focused on building strong finance teams and partnering with the business to create robust, analytically rigorous organizations. He earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and Asian Studies from Case Western Reserve University and an MBA from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

VP People

Carrie Pinkham

Carrie is an experienced people leader with over fifteen years’ experience of maturing the HR & Recruiting functions in past organizations.  Most recently, she was in the cybersecurity industry, aiding in the growth of the Talent Acquisition function at Stroz Friedberg and supported the acquisition and integration activities with Aon. Prior to that, she was one of the early employees at GoHealth and established their in-house recruiting function and led many first-time people initiatives within the Talent Team. Carrie earned a BA in Speech Communication from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds a Professional Human Resources (PHR) certification.  She is a member of the Talent & HR Council with Sales Assembly.  When not at work, Carrie and her husband are having fun with their three small children.   

VP Product

Adrian Johnson

Adrian has spent the last 13 years building global product development teams with a focus on cross-functional collaboration. In his role as VP of Product at Ascent, he leads product, design, and customer experience to ensure that the voice of the client is fully integrated into the development process. Prior to Ascent, Adrian worked at Morningstar for nine years in various product management roles. Adrian has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from Berkeley College, and an MBA from Northwestern University. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his wife and two kids.

VP Engineering

Chris Wang

Chris is an experienced engineering leader who loves building great teams and great software. In his current role, he leads the entire engineering team at Ascent. Chris takes pride in helping engineers and managers grow in their craft while furthering their careers. He has led teams and organizations in building 1.0 products as well as taking established products and scaling them for the enterprise. Chris graduated from Stanford University with a BS in Computer System Engineering and an AB in Psychology.

Director of Customer Experience

Ellen Krueger

Ellen is dedicated to creating a client-centric culture and an enjoyable customer journey. Her entire career has been driven by the pursuit of ensuring client satisfaction and exceeding expectations. Over the last seven years, she has become a customer experience leader within the SaaS industry. At Ascent, Ellen and her team focus on helping regulated firms leverage the full power of the company’s Regulatory Knowledge Automation, so they can comply with regulation more easily. Ellen has a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Director of Regulatory Intelligence

Alexandra Lehr

Alexandra specializes in finding new ways to streamline the complex world of regulatory research and compliance. At Ascent, she leads a team of legal analysts and helps them apply their expertise to advanced technologies. Together, Alexandra’s team works collaborates with Ascent’s data science and engineering experts to blend legal analysis, machine learning, and natural language processing in support of the company’s Regulatory Knowledge Automation solution. Alexandra earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Director of Product Management

Kris Craw

Kris is an experienced product leader, technologist, and legal professional with over 15 years combined experience in the technology and legal industries. He has worked in the Chicago tech industry for the last six years in product and technical roles across the SaaS, FinTech, and artificial intelligence spaces. Prior to working in B2B SaaS, he worked as a technologist and field researcher of classified technologies for the USAF, and spent time as a state public defender in Colorado. He has a J.D. from the University of Denver, a BIS in Finance from Angelo State University, and is a USAF veteran. When not at work, Kris enjoys outdoor hobbies, geek culture with his teenage son, and is a sucker for a good Chicago patio or food fest.

Director of User Experience

Nick Shank

Nick is a design leader with over fifteen years of experience in technology and design. He focuses on solving problems through design using research and creating great user experiences. Prior to Ascent, Nick designed software for startups, academic institutions, hospitals, and also worked within an agency. Nick earned his undergraduate degree in General Studies from Ball State University and a MS in Human Computer Interaction from DePaul University.

Director, Sales Engineering & Partnerships

Dominick Campagna

Dominick brings many years of experience in mid-market and enterprise software sales leadership to Ascent. He is driven by a passion to connect deeply with our prospects’ problems in order to help make compliance easier and for them to do the right thing. Prior to coming aboard, he was the Director of Solutions Engineering and Enablement at LogicGate, a Chicago-based Governance, Risk, and Compliance SaaS platform. At Apollo Education Group, Dominick launched their coding bootcamp vertical from the ground up across the U.S. and internationally, leading to an acquisition of one of the largest coding bootcamps in the US. Outside of work, you can find Dominick running, riding his longboard, or cheering on the Chicago Blackhawks.

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